Tunisian home life isn’t lived behind closed doors and tall walls. Rather it moves seamlessly inside and out, entertaining in gracious courtyards and sipping tea in lovely living rooms. Many staple products are made of local materials, crafted using traditional techniques with an eye toward modern aesthetics.
Whether you want to make a bold statement or prefer more functional items, we’ll help you bring a bit of the Mediterranean into your home. Here’s how:
MAKE A STATEMENT
Tunisia’s rich history of textile production takes a modern turn with Artisans Solidaire Kasserine. This collective of local craftsmen hand-weaves wool pillows in bold blue and pink geometric patterns that add a contemporary pop to your armchair or couch.
The group brings a similarly chic look to their geometric rug. Made of 100% wool, the flatweave kilim style is a classic in the Middle East and North Africa, updated with a fresh design that fits easily alongside modern furnishings.
CHOOSE FORM AND FUNCTION
Just because a piece works hard doesn’t mean it can’t look good. Case in point, AKAM’s glass serving dish, handblown in the company’s Soliman workshop just minutes from the Mediterranean Sea. Made use ancestral techniques, these elegant items available in blue, green, and white and orange, are imbued with unique details and imperfections that nod to the artistic process behind each and every piece.
In the hands of Artisans Solidarie Kasserine’s practiced craftswomen, rugged halfa grass becomes rustic home decor like this fruit bowl accented in vibrant purple. Inspired by traditional Tunisian pieces, this simple basket is an easy additional to a modern kitchen or dining table.
JUST ADD COLOR
Add some gold to your dining table with Made by Tinja’s hand-molded terracotta candlestick holders. These golden pieces make a cheerful background for your evening meal or tea time snack.
A splash of color can enliven any room, and it’s easy to add an infusion of hue with a fouta. Step into any Tunisian home and you’ll find these versatile cloths—used as blankets, towels, tablecloths and scarves. Browse our collection by color, size and texture, then figure out your own favorite way to put your fouta to work.
– Sarah Feldberg